We are excited that you have decided to participate in the Washington Mentorship Program prior to your spring start at AU! If you have any questions about the program or about joining in us in the fall, please contact us by email or call us at 202-895-4936.


Once you accept to study in the Washington Mentorship Program and submit your deposit, we will be in contact with you throughout the summer in order to prepare you for joining us in August. To help you understand important dates throughout the summer and your fall semester, following is a general timeline.

This is a tentative schedule of important dates and events throughout the semester. Please note: dates are subject to change.

Mid May-Early June
Receive information on Eagle Summit (New Student Orientation)
Receive information on class registration and the internship search You will receive information about class registration and other important registration related documents. In addition, you will receive resources to assist in preparing and perfecting your resume and beginning the internship search.
Mid June - Mid July
Eagle Summit (New Student Orientation) Several sessions, designed to inform students and their families about academic and campus life at American University, will be held throughout June and July. You will spend the night in a residence hall, meet with Mentorship Program and AU staff, and receive your AU ID card.
Late July 2017
Arrival information sent to incoming students. Information includes details on arrival plans, first few days on campus, and internships.
August 19-20
Students move in to Leonard Hall. (International students will move in on August 18 and attend International Student Orientation from August 19-20.
August 19-27
American University Welcome Week
August 21-22
Eagle Summit First-Year Fundamentals & Mentorship Orientation
  • Students who did not attend Eagle Summit in the summer must attend the Eagle Summit First-Year Fundamentals on Monday and Tuesday, as well as the Mentorship sessions on Tuesday from 10:15am to 1:00pm and from 2:30pm to 4:30pm.
  • Students who attended Eagle Summit in the summer will attend the Mentorship sessions on Tuesday at 10:15am and at 2:30pm
  • Parents are welcome to sign-up for and attend orientation activities on Monday and Tuesday.
August 28
Internship Fair (morning) Classes begin (all day)
September 4
Labor Day Holiday (no classes, university offices closed)
September 11
Last day to make changes to fall 2017 registration (i.e. add or drop classes or change grading option to Pass/Fail or Audit). Last day to drop a course without a "W" recorded on transcript.
September 13
All students must have an internship by this date.
Students will submit an Experiential Learning Form to their internship faculty.
October 13
Fall Break (no classes, university offices open)
October 20-22
All-American Family Weekend
Participate in All-American Weekend activities!
November 3
Last day to drop a course (with a "W") or change a grade option (end of 10th week)
November 22-26
Thanksgiving Break (Dining closes after lunch on Tuesday, November 21 and reopens with dinner on Sunday, November 26.)
December 8
Last day of classes and internships
Mid December 2017
End of Semester Ceremony
December 11-16
Final examinations (Dining closes after lunch on Friday, December 15.) Please refer to the final exam schedule on the American University website, or inquire with your professor regarding your exam schedule before making travel plans.
December 17
All students must be checked out of residence halls by noon.

The Washington Mentorship Program follows the American University Academic Calendar

Eagle Summit is American University's new student orientation for first-year students. During the Summit, you will learn about academics and campus life at AU, while meeting other new students as well as current AU students who will help you acclimate to the university. For more information on dates and registration, contact the Eagle Summit office.

The Mentored Field Practicum (MFP or internship) is an important part of your semester experience and consists of two parts: an on-site placement with an organization in the DC area (two days a week) and a classroom based discussion (once a week). Students in the program are responsible for securing their site placement, however, the Mentorship Office provides students with resources that assist them in finding a placement on their own. Students will have access to resume resources, an extensive internship database, and staff guidance over the summer. Once students arrive on campus in August, they will work one-on-one with their MFP professor to fine-tune their search and secure a practicum placement.

  1. The first step in the internship search process is to create a resume and have it reviewed by Mentorship staff. Please use the resume resources provided by the Mentorship Office to guide you in creating your resume.
  2. Once your resume is approved, you are ready to start applying for internships. In order to learn more about the MFP process and find important tips and tricks to make the most of your experience, please read the internship guide.

Visiting AU? Let us know!

We would love to meet you while on campus and share more information about the Mentorship Program. Contact us at 202-895-4936 or mentorship@american.edu. You can also sign-up for an American University tour and information session.